Green collar jobs are getting quite a bit of media attention as of late. MNN technology blogger, Karl Burkart, discussed the results of a study that predicts that two million green jobs
could be created in the next two years. This hinges on the upcoming stimulus package that will be introduced once the 111th Congress begins in 2009.
Obama has been vocal about his desires to work with Congress to implement a stimulus package immediately and plans to focus on the interstate highway system and other public works projects. Vocal opponents to this plan want Obama’s primary focus to be on creating more green jobs as part of the economic incentive plans.
“Environmentalists and their allies view old-fashioned highway construction as encouraging longer commutes and increasing the energy-consumption crisis of the past year.” Source: Washington Post
House Democrats are split with some agreeing with Obama’s desire to funnel a significant portion of funds into the transportation projects stating that the economy will see an immediate benefit. Other Democrats favor a focus on green jobs that will provide an economic boost now but also in the long term. Yet others feel that there are enough funds to focus on both types of projects.
In a radio broadcast last month, Obama specifically mentioned environmental ventures along with the transportation projects that are creating the most buzz.
“We’ll put people back to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing schools that are failing our children, and building wind farms and solar panels; fuel-efficient cars and the alternative energy technologies that can free us from our dependence on foreign oil and keep our economy competitive in the years ahead.” Source: Change.gov
Whatever direction is taken, it will come with a hefty price tag and there are no guarantees whether it will be an effective tool to stimulate the faltering US economy.